Bonza Australia is the newest airline to enter the regional travel market | Canberra time

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Bonza Airline is the latest carrier to join the regional travel market, announcing it will operate 25 routes to 16 destinations. Trips to and from east coast destinations including Albury, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Bundaberg, Whitsundays, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Mildura and Mackay are on the agenda, with Melbourne being the only capital on the airline’s list. far. Bonza will join the market alongside airlines like Rex and QantasLink. Established last October, Bonza Australia is an independent carrier from former Virgin Australia executive Tim Jordan and has secured substantial financial backing from US investment firm 777 Partners. Mr Jordan said Bonza was aimed at people traveling to regional destinations, outside the “golden triangle” of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. “Not only will the flights open up new markets for the region’s tourism industry, locals will have the opportunity to explore their own backyard with ultra-low fares,” he said. Regional Aviation Association of Australia chief executive Steven Campbell said Bonza would bring some competition on the “thinner routes” that Qantas and Virgin don’t cover “because they don’t really make a lot of money “. “Yet locals still want to fly to vacation destinations and doing so at reasonable prices is always welcome,” Mr Campbell said. IN OTHER NEWS: Australian Airports Association chief executive James Goodwin welcomed the news but said consumer confidence in keeping borders open was still low. “The introduction of new flights, new air routes is a positive, but it will be difficult for the airline to fill these seats at a time when we know domestic air travel is only around 50% of levels. pre-pandemic,” Mr. Goodwin said. Bonza customers will be charged for food service and any checked baggage. The flights are not yet on sale.